We just returned from a delightful trip to Costa Rica (7days). It was my first time traveling abroad with just me and my children (ages 8,9). Although I normally would plan my own itinerary, I had never been to Costa Rica and did not have the time to plan all the details that would ensure a safe and full experience for my kids- so I chose this travel company (after reviewing some other agency options). I was not disappointed! Throughout the whole planning experience, they were very responsive and honest in their recommendations. My trip planner even met us at the airport and another called multiple times during the trip to check on us. We had many experiences to choose from (I looked at other reviews of the specific excursions before we arrived, so felt comfortable with my selections). We chose to go to Arenal and Manuel Antonio. I chose not to visit a third location as they mentioned it might be a lot of driving for my children- and that was a good decision (if you are prone to carsickness, bring something along- very helpful for windy roads). My kids loved everything- we went to the Hanging Bridges in Arenal, white water rafting, zip lining, horseback riding, Kids Saving the Rainforest Rescue Center, and a mangrove boat tour. They also loved the Biesanz beach at Manuel Antonio. Each excursion was very fun and educational. The hotels were nice. I do not have a reference point for hotels in general in Costa Rica, but they were clean and service was very good. Both also had amazing views of the volcano and the beach. Our drivers between airport and hotels were wonderful- taking time to point out sights and stopping for breaks and snacks. We were all very sad to leave but already planning our next trip!
Everything was was very enjoyable- we saw so much wildlife (actually living in their natural habitat). The rafting and horseback riding were new activities for the children, so that was very exciting- especially spotting wildlife along the way.
If I can take the trip again, I would select a morning Manuel Antonio park guided tour. I was thinking about adding it on for a free afternoon when we arrived, but found out the best times were in the morning, and our mornings were already booked!
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